Councillors to decide next week on new development contribution levies for Kerry

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Kerry County Councillors are to meet next week to decide on new development contribution levies for the county.

They had been due to consider the Draft Development Contributions Scheme 2017 at the monthly meeting of the council this week, but members wanted more time to discuss the document.

Among the changes is the introduction of Development Contributions for farm buildings.

Kerry County Council says its new Development Contributions Scheme aims to promote sustainable development patterns, secure investment in capital infrastructure, and encourage economic activity and the supply of housing.

There are currently four development contribution schemes in place in the county since the amalgamation of local authorities in 2014; the council says it’s necessary to adopt a single, revised scheme for the entire county.

It’s proposed, however, to continue to levy an additional ring-fenced Development Contribution in Killarney and Tralee, and one at a lower rate for Listowel.

Also, it’s proposed in the new scheme to introduce Development Contributions for farm buildings at a rate of €4.10 per square metre, which drew some objections from councillors.

They had been due to discuss the new scheme at the monthly meeting of the council on Monday, but they’re now to hold a special meeting next Tuesday.